Made of 100% post-industrial byproduct wood, Songwood compressed wood composite panels from Engineered Timber Resources can be used for flooring, paneling, or other wood products. They are urea-formaldehyde-free, have low VOCs and life-cycle costs, and are refinishable. The panels are made of FSC-certified raw byproduct material from the furniture manufacturing and pulp industries, and are made by kiln-drying wood fibers with a low-VOC resin and then compressing them under 1,800 tons of pressure before curing them. They can be infused with organic dyes and colorants prior to compression and come in horizontal, vertical, and burl profiles. Topical stains are also available. etimberr.com
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